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Zarma - Songhay culture:  Hippopotamus hunt (part 3)

Baŋawi, Hippopotamus hunt, part 3
After their first success, it takes several months before the sorko start the next baŋawi. On 27 April the sorkey gather at Tambabaro and again a flotilla of eight dug-outs sails out together with the great pirogue. They succeed to harpoon a hippopotamus, a young animal, that is pulled onto a beach and killed. The hunt continues upriver to Tamoulés. The next day at Tibo they start the chase of a big male 'the bearded one' of Tamoulés. One of the sorko manage to harpoon this big animal. It charges the hunters and smashes one of the dug-outs, seven are left. The battle continuous with the great pirogue. Special preparations are made to protect themselves with magic. Without success. The hippo strikes first and and smashes the prow of the boat. It sinks and all have to abandon ship. The next day with the help of others they repair the great pirogue. Thereafter they continue their hunt. 

Background information
This video is part 3 of Jean Rouch and Roger Rosfelder film titled "Bataille sur le Grand Fleuve" (literally Battle on the Big River) made in 1952. The other parts can be viewed as well. The film was shot on a mission of the French Institute of Black Africa (L' Institute Français d'Afrique Noire)  near Ayorou in 1950-1951. The length of the original film is 33 minutes, the video shows the third part of 6:38 minutes.

Bataille sur le Grand Fleuve (part 1 to 4)

Baŋawi, part 1

Baŋawi, part 2

Baŋawi, part 3

Hippo hunt, part 4









Last updated: 06 maart 2012